- 04 Jun 2010
- IOC News
Highlights of the week
This week in Lausanne, IOC President Jacques Rogge hosted the President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Rupiah Banda, who was accompanied by IOC member Patrick Chamunda and Zambian NOC President Miriam Moyo. The IOC President discussed with the Zambian President the IOC’s development programmes and the running of the IOC’s Sport for Hope Centre in the Zambian capital of Lusaka.
On 2 June in Latour (Belgium), President Rogge inaugurated a stele in homage to Henri de Baillet-Latour, the third President of the IOC.
The following day, the IOC President went to Hofstade to attend the Belgian NOC’s international congress on the theme “From the Olympic values to Olympic attitudes: Idealism-Integration-Integrity… dotting the ‘I’s”. President Rogge gave a closing speech on the Olympic values.
The same day, the IOC President attended a gala dinner in Brussels on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Belgian Paralympic Federation, whose President is Princess Astrid of Belgium.
On 4 June, President Rogge attended the General Assembly of the Belgian NOC.
This Sunday, President Rogge arrives in Sochi (Russia), accompanied by IOC member Jean-Claude Killy, the Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. There he will take part in the official debrief of the Vancouver Games from 6 to 11 June.
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
The International Boxing Association (AIBA), whose President is IOC member Ching-Kuo Wu, has announced the launch of its competition website, World Series of Boxing (WSB). This new AIBA initiative should start next November. See the website at www.worldseriesboxing.com.
Poland’s Slawomir Szmal and France’s Alison Pineau have been elected the World Handball Payers of 2009. More than 33,000 votes were collected over the internet in this election, which was organised by the International Handball Federation (IHF). It is the first time that a Polish man and French woman have earned this distinction since 1988, the year of the first election. Furthermore, the IHF’s Extraordinary Congress will take place in 2011 in Marrakesh (Morocco). Initially planned to be held in 2010 in Rome (Italy), this Congress had to be postponed because of the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Press release on www.ihf.info.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) celebrated its 2009 world champions at a dinner organised in the framework of the French Open tournament (Roland Garros). ITF President and IOC member Francesco Ricci Bitti presented the trophies to the winners: Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Serena Williams (USA) for singles; Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) and Serena and Venus Williams (USA) for doubles; Daniel Berta (Sweden) and Kristina Mladenovic (France), juniors; and finally Shingo Kunieda (Japan) and Esther Vergeer (Netherlands) in the wheelchair category. The ITF’s highest distinction, the “Philippe Chatrier” Trophy, was awarded to three-time Roland Garros champion, Brazil’s Gustavo Kuerten. See the news on www.itftennis.com.
NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES
The President of the NOC of Ecuador, Danilo Carrera Drouet, was recently elected as President of the Bolivian Sports Organisation (ODEBO) at the Organisation’s General Assembly, which took place in Mérida-Yucatán (Mexico). Carrera Drouet is also the First Vice-President of the South American Sports Organisation.
The NOC of France, whose President is Denis Masseglia, has informed us that the 2010 IOC “Sport – Inspiring Young People” Trophy has been awarded to the Seine-Maritime county’s Olympic and Sport Committee, represented by its Delegate Vice-President, Georges Descloux.
Olympian Sarah Winckless will chair the brand new Athletes’ Commission of the British Olympic Association. A well-known rower, she participated in three consecutive editions of the Olympic Games and seven world championships. At the 2004 Games, she won a bronze medal in double sculls. She is also a two-time world champion in quadruple and double sculls (2005 and 2006). Elections for the members of the NOC’s Athletes’ Commission will take place in June, and its first meeting should be held in September 2010. The 12 commission members will be elected for an initial term of office until December 2012. Press release on www.olympics.org.uk.
The NOC of Guatemala’s Sport and Environment Commission has proposed several recommendations for emergency situations, such as the volcanic eruption and the consequences on sporting practice abroad. These recommendations were made before the eruption of the Pacaya volcano a few days ago. Info on www.cog.org.gt.
The NOC of Peru has developed a system of statistics offering detailed information on each elite athlete as well as on Peru’s participation in the competitions on the international Olympic calendar. This system is called the “Statistical Information System of the Peruvian Olympic Committee” (SISCOP). Through its Technical Commission, the NOC has recently organised a training session for the technical coordinators of national sports federations for using this system, which has been produced with help from Olympic Solidarity.
Young student Arnel Miguel Dalmedo Silva (left of photo), has recently been selected by the NOC of Uruguay, whose President is IOC member Julio César Maglione, and the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) to represent the American continent in the “Young Reporters” programme at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August. Twenty-one year-old Arnel Miguel is a student of journalism at the ORT University.
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games song, “Everyone” was premiered on 30 May in Singapore. The five singers are Jody Williams (Africa), Sean Kingston (America), Tabitha Nauser (Asia), Steve Appleton (Europe) and Jessica Mauboy (Oceania). This musical theme is the work of Ken Lim, a composer and record producer from Singapore. You can now see the video of the young artists singing this song at some of Singapore’s most emblematic sites: Float@Marina Bay, Marina Barrage and Singapore Flyer. See the news on www.olympic.org (“Media” section). Info on Singapore 2010 at www.singapore2010.sg.
From 27 to 29 May, the European Olympic Committees (EOC) annual seminar brought together some 200 representatives from the 49 NOCs in Europe. On the agenda were plenary sessions and workshops; some 20 reports on technical files, particularly the debrief of the recent Vancouver Games; the preparation of the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore; and the upcoming editions of the Games (London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016). The seminar started in the presence of Patrick J. Hickey, EOC President and IOC member, Raffaele Pagnozzi, Secretary General, and members of the Executive Committee who had just held their second meeting of the year. The opening ceremony was attended by Clyde Puli, the Maltese Secretary of State for Youth and Sport; Lino Farrugia Sacco, President of the Maltese NOC and Joe Cassar, its Secretary General. For the first time, an Olympic Solidarity Forum was held at the same time as the seminar. This Forum studied the recommendations of the Olympic Congress in Copenhagen, in particular on autonomy, good governance, refereeing and mediation in sport. Furthermore, the International Mediterranean Games Committee also met in Malta, chaired by its President, Amar Addadi. The next EOC seminar will be held in Portoroz in spring 2011, at the invitation of the Slovenian NOC. Full information on www.eurolympic.org.